starter home

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Starter Home

It was typical for baby boomers, when they were young, to buy a modest, small “starter home.” As their families grew and careers advanced, they moved into bigger, better homes. Today, many people struggle to…
closing costs for buyers and sellers

What Buyers and Sellers Pay in Closing Costs

If you’re new to real estate or haven’t bought or sold in a while, here’s what you need to know about what buyers and sellers pay in closing costs. Buyers have more costs In…
how to drive real estate seller agents nuts

How to Make Your Real Estate Agent’s Job Harder

Some buyers take years to complete a purchase. They need lots of hand-holding. And, since they're not paying for their real estate agent's time, they make tons of requests. Here's how to…
top 5 open house tips for buyers

Top 5 Open House Tips for Buyers

The average home buyer attends three open houses, according to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report. Seventy-one percent of buyers go to at least open house. And first-time buyers are even more likely…
homes for sale by owner

How to Buy a For Sale by Owner Home

From time to time, you might encounter a home listed 'For Sale by Owner' (FSBO). And while you might assume that an FSBO home without real estate agents involved would simplify the buying process,…
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What is a Home Warranty?

Age is not your friend when it comes to the appliances and heating/cooling systems in your home. Over time, they fail. When it happens, you probably wish you could pass the problem…
preliminary title reports

What Buyers Must Know About Preliminary Title Reports

Among the dozens of records about a property, the title report is one of the most important. It documents ownership, vesting, and detail regarding anything recorded against the home such as liens, encroachments, or…
how to research a home on the internet

How to Research a Home on the Internet

Today, nearly every home search starts on the internet. And when you find a home you want, it’s incredible how much background information you can find online. Here's how to research a home on…
Millennial Home Buyer

Boomers: How to Sell Your Home to Millennials

For years, baby boomers have been ditching their large suburban homes for the urban life. At the same time, many millennials are seeking the reverse: to leave behind small city apartments for a…
neighbors affect your home sale

Can Your Neighbors Affect Your Home Sale?

You’ve spent time and energy weeding the front yard, painting the front door, power-washing your siding and planting flowers. You’ve updated the kitchen and bathrooms and de-cluttered the home. You’re ready to…